Nov 8 2016

birthdays, belatedly

Now that it’s November (and I’m attempting to tamp down election anxiety by updating a sadly non-updated blog), I should probably post a few photos of the girls’ birthdays. Josephine’s seventh birthday has been covered — a beautiful day in Mazama. Tilly’s second birthday was celebrated with a family trip to the zoo (Josephine fell in love with an orangutan) and huge pieces of cake…

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…peach cake that was leftover from the birthday party! I convinced Josephine that a joint party would be great (Tilly expressed no opinion on the matter) and it was indeed. One party to plan, lots of friends to play with, beautiful weather, a huge cake, and two wonderful girls to celebrate.

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img_8306-533x800Tilly was quite upset about being pulled from a game she had been playing when it was time for cake. But then she saw the cake and instantly switched moods (she’s two!) and started exclaiming, “My cake! It’s my cake!” It was quite gratifying.

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Nov 8 2016

a monkey and a panda and a donut

Halloween was low-key and fun this year. We did our traditional trick-or-treating with Meera on her block. Meera dressed up as a donut from her favorite local donut shop. Josephine and I collaborated on her (and Rose’s) panda costume and Tilly resurrected Josephine’s old monkey costume. (Sadly, Tilly recently started pronouncing “monkey” correctly. I had really been hoping she’d be a “mumpey” for Halloween.)

Tilly took a death-defying tumble off Meera’s front steps as we were leaving to trick-or-treat. Watching it, I thought perhaps we were headed to the hospital. But she shook it off and toddled off down the street. Instead of “trick-or-treat,” she preferred, “I want some!” Josephine and Meera were excellent Tilly escorts, stopping her from running into random people’s houses and trying to minimize her excessive doorbell ringing. And now there’s lots of candy for me to eat after the girls go to bed.

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Oct 28 2016

sisters

Tilly: I’m the best sisters! I’m the best sisters!
Me: You have the best sister.
Tilly: Yep! Her name is Joey.
Me: Joey is your sister.
Tilly: And mama is our friend. I love you. I love Joey, too. She likes to play Farming Farm with me.


Oct 25 2016

Who needs a pumpkin patch?

mud puddler

Tilly made her own fun at this weekend’s trip to the pumpkin patch.


Oct 17 2016

mazama!

it sounds like a magician’s magic word: MAZAMA! it’s nearly as magical: a tiny town tucked in a little valley in the north cascade mountains of washington. and, even more magical, our friends — meera and her family — have a house there and they invited us to join them for labor day weekend. it was josephine’s 7th birthday while we were there and being on vacation with her BFF made it an extra-special celebration. ned and i celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary here, too, and got to go out to dinner. just us! no kids!

i don’t think i need to add much narrative to these photos. it was a fun-filled, beauty-saturated weekend.

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Oct 17 2016

back to MN

i’m so behind on documenting our life on this here blog, i’ve almost forgotten about the trips i haven’t posted about. looking through the photos brought this late-august trip to minnesota back to life, though. it was a wonderful one filled with all the things we love about minnesota: family, a cute baby, a barn full of cats, reading, trying to get tilly to sit still for a picture, good food, early birthday celebrations, and love love love.

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Oct 7 2016

saying goodbye

My grandad Harold died earlier this week. The week before, he was on his way home from the hospital after bringing my Grandma there for trouble that she was having swallowing. He had a massive stroke while driving home but, in his usual in-control way, managed to pull his car into a parking lot and not run into anyone. It was quickly clear that he was not going to recover. He was 91. A dozen family members (and one adorable baby) gathered in their town in Oregon to say goodbye. Although the circumstances were quite grim — the family patriarch was hours or days from dying and the matriarch was recovering from her own medical issues — there was so much laughter and smiling and telling of good stories. Nobody was oblivious to the fact that we were hanging out in the hospital or that we were about to lose Grandad, but everyone was grateful to be there and to be together. I think we gave him a really good send-off.

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Sep 20 2016

A seven year old’s idea of cybercrime

Josephine, at breakfast: “What if there was a bad guy online? I’m pretty sure he would pretend to be in love with someone, then send them a picture of a poopy diaper. And under it would say, ‘Yay! I want to ger married!'”


Aug 14 2016

annual gathering

once again, we gathered with my old grad school friends (not that we’re old! we’re young!) and their families for a weekend of camping fun, this time at mount rainier. we missed robin and her family but know we’ll lure them back next year.

our family had a night of camping on our own before colin and julia’s family arrived. sydney and quinn and parents arrived the next day. so we camped three nights total. three nights camping with zany, energetic, exploring tilly. the good news is that she and josephine love camping and were happy almost the entire time. the other good news is that they both slept great. the bad news? there really isn’t any bad news, other than the fact that we failed to get a group shot or a photo of all the kids. we did a few small hikes and did the beginning of some longer hikes, just happy to be out in fresh air and sunshine and shadow. the weather was lovely until the last few hours of our weekend, the mountain is amazingly gorgeous, and we were reminded of how lucky we all are to have such wonderful friends.

the people in the site next to ours for the first two nights were stellar acoustic guitar players. they pulled out their instruments in the evenings and played gentle, quiet music that floated over to our site while i sat outside the tent after putting tilly down to bed. it was the perfect soundtrack.

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Aug 13 2016

Olive fingers

“They’re like mittens!” she announced.